Neighborhood Council Committee Reports and Petition for Parking Lot Renewals

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The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) held their monthly meeting on Monday, February 11. The meeting began with a series of reports followed by a petition for parking lot renewals. Watch the video above and follow along with this timeline.

(1:02) Maria Lanza from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services spoke about the Love Your Block mini-grants applications, due March 1st. Last year the City funded five neighborhood projects through this program. Lanza also shared that, through the Boston Tax Help Coalition, the city is again offering free tax preparation services to help residents who earn $55,000 or less. Finally, a reminder that the annual Boston Children’s Winter Festival will be held Wednesday, February 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(4:50) Karen Foley, Director of Constituent Services for Councilor-at-Large Annissa Essaibi George, introduced herself and shared that Councilor Essaibi George is focusing on schools and affordable housing.

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(5:30) Carmine Guarino gave an update from the Greenway Conservancy. The Conservancy recently received the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Prestigious Commonwealth Award and the Echelman Aerial Sculpture on the Greenway received the People’s Choice Award. There is also a new installment on the Greenway for the Year of the Pig.

(6:44) Brett Roman gave an update from the Harborfront Neighborhood Alliance. They are working on scheduling a workshop on Chapter 91 and public waterfront access that will take place in April or May.

(7:20) Mohamed Warsame, manager of the parking lots at 181 North Washington Street and 290 Commercial Street, petitioned for a renewal of the lots. Nothing is changing with the properties. There are 7 spots at the North Washington Street lot and 69 spots at Commercial Street. The Council voted unanimously to approve this extension.

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